By Charles Katabalwa
20th Sept 2022
Activists stormed the European Union (EU) offices in Kampala on Tuesday morning protesting last week’s EU Parliament resolution to halt the Uganda- Tanzania’s proposed oil project on environmental and human rights concerns.
The activists also delivered a petition to the EU Ambassador, urging the EU to withdraw from Ugandan oil.
Uganda and Tanzania, according to group leader Frank Mawejje, are sovereign states that should be allowed to exploit their resources as they see fit.
According to Mawejje, the EU has no mandate to monitor what Uganda does with its oil.
However before they finished their statements the anti riot police were already in place and secured the surrounding area.
This claim, however, is false because the EU is mandated with the monitoring of all its stakeholders, including Total Energies, which owns 62 percent of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.
The EU parliament adopted a resolution on September 15 condemning human rights violations as well as major environmental and climate risks posed by the Tilenga and EACOP projects developed in Uganda and Tanzania by French oil major Total.
The EU Members of Parliament (MEPs) noted that over 100,000 people are being forcibly evicted to make way for this mega oil project, noting that they are being denied free use of their land – and thus their livelihood – even before receiving compensation.
The resolution also condemns the persecution and intimidation of civil society organizations and human rights defenders who dare to criticize the project, recalling that several activists have been arbitrarily detained, prompting several UN Special Rapporteurs to issue no less than four joint communications on the subject in the last two years.
President Museveni assured Ugandans that nothing would halt work at EACOP and that the project would proceed as planned.